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Management’s Restructuring
Management’s Restructuring Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 9/20/17 The Church long ago converted to the business model of ministry.  Instead of walking the streets to meet your neighbors, a demographic study is conducted; instead of the Spirit’s movement, a 7-step strategy is followed; instead of the pastor’s study, now a C.E.O.’s glassy corner office.  The...
The Spirituality of Unskilled Labor
The Spirituality of Unskilled Labor Sermon by Rev. Brain Combs, 8/30/17 Even as irreverent as our society has become, many people still claim to be experts on how to meet God: it will require ascending the most legendary peak before the heavens tear open.  It will require a radical cleansing of soul and spirit until you’re...
Follow Your Fury
Follow Your Fury Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 8/24/17 Christianity, for many, is a sin management program, a strict regimen to control the passions ofthe body.  Fast to discipline our gluttonous appetites; practice chastity to suppress our lustful desires; empty the account to bankrupt our material greed; crawl through life head down to renounce our boastful pride. ...
Irritating Jesus
Irritating Jesus Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 8/16/17 If invited to join the editorial board of the Bible when the cannon was being created, I would have immediately removed a number of stories: the sacrifice of Isaac by father Abraham; the destruction of humanity by flood; the killing of the first-born sons; the job requirement...
Free Of Shame; Romans 10:5-15
Free of Shame Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 8/9/17 Christopher walked into my office one day with a stack of papers.  His hands were shaking. He put them on my desk and said, “Chap. I want you to read these notes from the investigators.  They are the details about the crimes I committed.  I want...
Jacob’s Wrestling
Jacob’s Wrestling Sermon by Pastor Mark Siler, 8/2/17 Sometimes it feels so simple.  We are here to receive our blessedness and to bless. One of the most powerful moments of my life took place at Marion Prison, just down the mountain.  I had been working there as a chaplain for about a year when I...
The Healing of Naaman
The Healing of Naaman Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 7/26/17   The tweed sports coat replaced the wool tunic and the polished penny loafer replaced the worn sandal.  The public celebration of perfection replaced the private confession of wrong.  The praise song replaced the hymn of lament, and, over the centuries, a country club for members...
Hiding in Plain Sight
Hiding in Plain Sight Sermon by Rev. Brian Combs, 7/19/2017   Religious tourism is up over 150%.  More and more travelers are leaving home to find meaning abroad.  Chanting with the monks in Thailand; breathing with the Sufis in India; seeking counsel with the shaman in Peru; pilgrimaging with the seekers in Ireland.  To encounter the...
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